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Coast restaurants, most recently at Jardin - iere and RN74 in San Francisco. Last year, he realized a long-held dream by opening his own wine-centric restaurant, the Heirloom Café, which aims to pair moder- ately priced wines with simple, expertly prepared food. An SFGate.com food critic stated, “There is real talent in the kitchen and the wine program” at the café. Matt attended culinary school in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Amanda Schweder Guyer was one of


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five scientists to win a prestigious William T. Grant Foundation award for young re - searchers in new disciplines or methods. Working at UC-Davis, she uses neuro - imaging in studies of brain function, par- enting, peer influences, and substance abuse in adolescents. She teaches in the department of human and community development and researches at the Center for Mind & Brain. Over five years, the award will provide her with $350,000 and mentoring by experts in her field of research. KEIRNAN CONROY KLOSEK 235 LINCOLN STREET NEWTON, MA 02461 617-461-6643 KCKLOSEK@AOL.COM


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Denham on March 18 and says, “He is delightful! I love spending (almost) every moment with him.” Sonya and husband Rod - ney are “just over the moon with our newest blessing!” You can look up the family on Facebook. Michele Gemelos and husband James welcomed daughter Ianthe on August 28, 2010. The family lives near Cambridge, England. Michele reports that her sister Nicole Gemelos is a very proud aunt. Lauren De Meules Daley and her hus-


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band announce the arrival of son Cy on April 20; he joins brother Peter, 4. An interior designer at the Wiseman Group in San Francisco for the last nine years, Lauren plans to return to her position


Matt Straus spent years working in the wine programs at top West


there. The firm specializes in residential interior design and has been listed in Architectural Digest’s Top 100 firms for the past several years. Ben Diamond accepted a counsel posi- tion in Aetna’s legal department. He lives with his wife, Eniko, in West Hartford, CT. After two years of intense planning, the Mission Preparatory School, founded and led by Jane Baldwin Henzerling, opened in August. Mission Prep is a K–8 public charter school designed to equip under- served students with the knowledge, skills, and strength of character needed to succeed in college and become leaders in their communities. Jane is on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s equity advisory committee. She spends her free time exploring California’s natu- ral wonders with husband Daniel and their son Samuel, 3. Lauren Canalori Lawrence-Riddell and husband Michael welcomed son Dylan in January. He joins big sister Kira. The fami- ly lives in Northampton, MA. In NYC Maggie Bertisch is medical di - rector of NY Walk-In Medical Group. Phillip Ammonds met the love of his


ANN MARIE PRZYWARA 45 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866-5823 APRZYWAR@SKIDMORE.EDU


Sonya Facey welcomed son


life in 2007; they have been together ever since. Phil recently landed a job at Union Theological Seminary as special assistant to the president for trustee relations, which draws upon his background in de - velopment, stewardship, and human rela- tions. He lives in Williamsburg, Brook lyn, where he enjoys playing tennis and being part of a creative writing group. Adam Brand and wife Katie Bissell Brand ’99 welcomed daughter Fiona in March. Adoring brothers Connor, 6, and Bobby, 3, are having a blast with their new sister. ALLISON GRAY COSTA 427 GEORGETOWN AVENUE VENTURA, CA 93003-2123 805-639-0688 ALLISONCOS@GMAIL.COM


Hazel on July 26, 2010; she joins brother Max, 4. The family lives in NYC. They attended the wedding of Chloe Taylor and Jesse Langer on October 2 in South - bury, CT. Other Skidmore attendees were Catherine Hill Millard and Craig Mil - lard and their son Sam, 4, and Hillary Trish Merritt, who recently welcomed daughter Brooklyn, 1. Rena Strober (renastrober.com) moved


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to Los Angeles, CA, last year. She is doing voice-overs for movies, animation, and video games. Rena is also featured in a TV


Allison Goldstein Gutstein and her husband welcomed daughter


AT WORK Family business J


oel Quadracci ’91 wanted to attend college in the Northeast, but initially Skidmore wasn’t


near the top of his list. The family business, Quad/Graphics, had a plant in Saratoga Springs, and he wanted to separate himself from the firm. He wanted anonymity. Then he visited the campus, fell in love with it, and realized he could just be Joel from Wisconsin. Skidmore gave him the opportunity to mix in


different crowds and taught him to learn both inside and outside the classroom, he says. A philoso- phy major who went head-first into the business world, he credits Skidmore with teach- ing him how to


think and construct arguments. He learned to trust him self and his experience, to believe that going with a “well-educated gut feeling” is often the right choice. Now a publicly traded international company


(one of the largest printers in the world, with 28,000 employees in 59 plants), Quad/Graphics is still at its core a family business. Joel’s father, Harry, founded the firm in 1971, and Joel took it over in 2005. At Skidmore, people often talk about the importance of being a part of the Skidmore family. Quadracci takes that to heart, instilling a sense of family in almost everything he and his company do. Quad seeks to be an active and positive influence in all the communi- ties that host its facilities: plant managers in each town are expected to look for broad, com- munity-focused ways the company can help out. Recently Quad donated $23,000 to light a Little League ballfield in Saratoga Springs—just part of what Quadracci calls a “holistic approach to communities.”


On his desk in New York City, he still keeps


the ceramics he made with Prof. Regis Brodie during his senior year, as a daily reminder of his Skidmore family. —Robin Adams ’00


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